Grilled Fish Tacos

Grilled Fish Tacos
Grilled Fish Tacos

When I mentioned we were having fish tacos for dinner, Nick let out an expected groan.  I reassured him that tilapia was a mild tasting fish…and he responded, “But does it smell like fish when it’s cooking?”  Uh, well, yes, it does.  Nick was the toddler who asked for “mo fish” when his grandpa gave him a sample of pickled herring…what happened here????  We’ve been supplementing Lambeau’s kibble with canned salmon to ease her arthritic joints. Apparently, the fragrance wafting from the can may have caused all my children to swear off seafood for life!!  I was hoping to change the direction of their thinking with this recipe.

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Well, I got opposition all around…but for you fish lovers, these were incredibly delicious!  Even though I had to give up the idea of firing up our charcoal grill due to the one inch of ice and 4 inches of snow covering it, my cast iron grilled pan did nicely. 

And possibly better than the tacos was the yummy salad I created from the leftovers.  I tossed the veggies together, topped them with the fish, and mixed the salsa and lime mayo for a fabulous dressing.  

Grilled Fish Tacos


Adapted from Bon Appetit

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, Mexican if you have it
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, sliced
  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • Tomato salsa of your choice
  • Red bell pepper strips, optional
  • Lime wedges


  1. Mix 1 cup onion, ¼ cup cilantro, oil, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, orange juice, garlic and oregano in bowl. Season fish with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread half the mixture over the bottom of glass baking dish. Place fish over onion mixture and top with the rest of the mixture. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Turn and marinate another 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk mayonnaise, milk and 2 tablespoons lime juice in bowl.
  3. Brush grill or grill pan with oil. Heat to medium high heat. Grill fish till just opaque when center is exposed, about 3-5 minutes per side. Grill tortillas till slightly charred.
  4. Coarsely chop fish and place on serving dish with remaining onions and cilantro, avocados, salsa, lime wedges and lime mayonnaise.

Yield: 4 servings

    Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 3442kcal Calories from fat 2701
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 300g 462%
      Saturated Fat 46g 230%
      Cholesterol 318mg 106%
      Sodium 1690mg 70%
      Carbohydrate 106g 35%
      Dietary Fiber 45g 180%
      Sugars 33g
      Protein 109g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      1. The smell of canned salmon would make anyone swear off seafood…good thing fresh is nothing like the canned stuff! Love fish tacos!

      2. LOL, Bo…it is pretty intense! Thanks for stopping by…

      3. Betty Ray says:

        Mmmm, fish tacos are the best (when the fish is grilled in my opinion). These look lovely and I can’t wait to try them out.

      4. Angie's Recipes says:

        This makes me seriously hungry!

      5. Love fish tacos, with grilled fish as opposed to fried. This recipe sounds very good.

      6. Love love love fish tacos!! Can’t get enough whether they are grilled or fried. These looks scrumptious 🙂

      7. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

        Never had fish tacos, does sound odd to me but I would so try it, the pics make it more then appetizing.

      8. Yum! And, I just bought a bag of frozen tilapia!

      9. My parents were eating fish tacos in the 80’s…and I thought they sounded strange. I finally had fabulous ones in San Diego…and, since then, I love trying the grilled version at various restaurants.

        Thanks, everyone for your nice comments!
        Creating Amzaing Meals, I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies! Looking forward to seeing your fish taco recipe~

      10. Thanks, Lee…Seana gave me this recipe 🙂

      11. LOL, Steph…this diversion is to ensure that my skinny chick pants still fit 😉

      12. too bad you couldn’t grill outside, but I can tell these were just great… very nice recipe with the citrus, the lime mayo is interesting too

      13. Sprinkled with Flour says:

        I had fish tacos for the first time this past year, and I loved them! I’ve not attempted to make my own though, so this recipe would be a great way to start:)

      14. Thank you, Amy, Drick, and Amber!

        I could have used another couple avocados, Amy…so good!
        Drick, the mayo was outstanding~
        I was a newby to fish tacos, too, Amber…hope you get a chance to make some in your kitchen~

      15. I ADORE fish tacos, and I loved seeing all the fresh ingredients that went into your meal. Thank you for sharing…and for your kind words on my blog today. I hope you are having a happy and warm night!

      16. Dulce Dough says:

        I have never had fish tacos, but these sound really good!

      17. Ha! This is so my husband, and my mom. I don’t like my house smelling of fish, but if it’s fresh enough and you have a good vent it shouldn’t be to bad. Plus, when it looks and probably tastes this good. It really doesn’t matter.

      18. Yummy C, hope you try these 🙂
        Thanks, Sandra!
        Dulce Dough, thank you!
        Ang, glad to know there are other picky husbands out there 😉

      19. Monet, thank you, too!!!

      20. Lizzy-I’m not a serious candidate for fish tacos, but the way you have all the fresh ingredients so neatly in a perfect line-up, and grilling the Tilapia, which by the way I love; why not?…I will certainly make this, since I make Tilapia at leas once a week, and so does Lora!
        You’re blog is always the perfect solution, what to make for dinner, or dessert!
        Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend!

      21. Thanks, Lizzie and Mina 🙂

      22. Thanks, Kristi!

      23. Thanks, Kate! Now if I could just make fish as lovely as Recess did last night…mmmmmm. What a fun time…looking forward to doing it again 🙂

      24. Ive never had fish tacos but its something Ive wanted to try for some time now. These look like the perfect place to start 🙂

      25. Thank you, Kita…hope you try them 🙂

      26. The Mom Chef says:

        I have to admit that when I hear “fish tacos” the first thing I think of is Tijuana and the trips we’d take down Baja, stopping there for lunch, and fish tacos. These look MUCH healthier. I think the recipe looks perfect. The flavor of the tilapia would be enhanced. Thanks for sharing.

      27. Making a version of these tonight. But unfortunately I didn’t have tortillas so I made my own flour ones. Thanks for the recipe.

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